Charles Mkony graduated in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Dar e Salaam in Tanzania in 1978. He is trained in and practices general and urologic surgery, is a professor of surgery at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and consultant surgeon at Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam. He undertook the fellowship training of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) based in Philadelphia, USA, from 2003 to 2004. He is also a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa. He has held the positions of head of department of surgery, associate dean and later dean of the School of Medicine at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences. He has an interest in health professions education and has several publications on health professions education.